Korealistic

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$30 and under
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Korean
Korean-Japanese fusion restaurant specializing in traditional dishes as well as an extensive list of sushi rolls and entrees.
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4.2
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3.6
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IA
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is absolutely delicious and Sophia is a bubble of JOY!!!!

F
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit and a little new to Korean food. Our server Sofia was excellent! She thoroughly explained the menu and options.
The food was delicious, served hot and relatively quick. We will definitely return!

l
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great chance to eat authentic Korean food. Sophia made the whole experience extra special as she guided us through the menu that is cooked by her Mother. Worth the trip

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

This was our first visit of the place, the service was reasonable however we ordered a chicken dish which was over fried and was inedible. Overpriced and not worth it.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic, Authentic, Authentic. If you are looking to try something new and different, this is your place. Food was fantastic.

DH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was a little slow, but think it could be described as relaxed. Our server was the daughter of the owner, and she was very honest and helpful with it being our first time there. We WILL go back. Want to try other things and love that Korean rice wine. Tasty!

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food is very authentic. Don't go in expecting Americanized Korean. It is not my favorite cuisine but I can appreciate it as faithful to Korean.

DC
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Korean Food in Ohio! It's authentic and consistently delicious. The Kimchi Jjigae is unbelievably delicious. Every visit here has been a "10". It's the real deal.

m
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food and service was great...We liked the food and will be back

m
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good Korean food.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was pleasant and very informative

J
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Place was dead, the menu is half the size of the one you see online.
Food was meh, not worth it for the price.
This place has went down hill fast.
Ashame

c
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service. Trader Joe’s Kalbi is better than this joint. Not worth it!

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Korean cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Great food and service at reasonable prices.

CB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best banchan in the city, hands down. Great food. Wonderful service.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Do not have their liquor license yet for beer. They do have wine, saki, and soju. Bring your own beer and spirits.

S
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The first time we ate here it was amazing. Great flavor, great service, good size portions etc. Second and third time were very disappointing. The erratic service we can overlook because many times when a restaurant is starting they don't always have the appropriate number of servers to diners because they're still figuring that out. But the portion of food per order kept shrinking with every visit. The last time we went there the Kalbi was pretty much just a tiny bit of meat and mostly gristle on the bones. Couldn't believe they would even serve that. Maybe the first time we went they accidentally gave us bigger portions, but then in my opinion the "regular" orders are way too small to justify the price.

S
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, staff and owner were very nice and helpful. Dolsot Bibibot was fantastic.

SJ
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for date night or family dinner

J
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn’t sure what to expect when we ordered. But the food was excellent! The server helped us decide because there are so many options. I would recommend the Korean entrees for sure as you can get Sushi and traditional Asian elsewhere. We are for sure going back to try other dishes!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service, staff explained menu choices very well. Delicious and authentic

BU
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We opted to try Korealistic after driving by one day. Our kids and grandkids were in town (Ages 6&8) and we took a chance on taking the grandkids to a restaurant that might challenge them. The waitress was fantastic and worked with the kids to find choices they would enjoy. The calamari was great and the fried dumplings were a real hit and the second order of dumplings soon arrived.

We really enjoyed our meals. I forget the names of the various dishes we had. I had sashimi over salad with steamed rice.

If you like Asian style dining then give this a try!

DC
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Korean food in Ohio, hands-down! Very friendly staff, convenient location, family-run restaurant.

DC
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want the best Korean food in Ohio, this is the place. The owner/chef of Korealistic is world-class! Everything on the menu is unbelievably good.

OT
Cincinnati
107 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Run by Mother - daughter team with some help... daughter was server & had the whole restaurant to cover... Made the service a little slower... Asked for authentic suggestions & food was good... pancake with kimche was great...

SS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic korean food with excellent service. Our server was very nice and the food wad out within minutes of is having placed the order. Earlier that weekend er had tried korean food at this place in Chicago rated as one of the best, we found Korealistic to be more delicious!

C
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Casual seat yourself. Bright overhead lighting. Sake and wine only. Very poor wine list so unless you drink saje I'd stick to water or soft drinks. Appetizer sampler was good and plenty for two. Dolsot Bibimbap very good. Kkanpunggi nicely spiced but swimming in too much sauce and heavy breading. Will go back to try Sushi.

DC
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Korean food in Cincinnati, very nice employees, great service, locally owned.

DC
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for authentic Korean food, look no further, this is the place. Of course, the Dolsot Bibimbop is outstanding, but the Korean pancakes are also fantastic.

DC
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very consistent - great food & great service! Best Dolsot Bibimbop in Ohio!

OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I walked in, there was no staff around. Literally over 5 tables were covered in food waste, used plates needed to be taken off of the tables. Seats and tables had crumbs on it.
I walked right back out
Absolutely horrifying

DC
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely fantastic!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delishness, great service and a wide variety of authentic dishes

FB
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Restaurant is waiting for its liquor license so don't expect sake or shoju being served. Barley tea was good. Bimbimbop was tasty & authentic and the tempera shrimp and vegetables were good. Overall meeting expectations, will go back again.

JS
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent family owned local restaurant. We seated ourselves. The owner brought us menus and took our drink order. We stuck with water since they're liquor license hasn't arrived yet. She said we could bring our own next time. The daughter Sophia was very cheerful and helpful. We ordered the Spicy Tuna Cocktail appetizer. It was amazingly good. Thick pieces of tuna sashimi and cucumber covered in spicy sauce and masago sitting on a bed of shredded cabbage. It was delightful. We ordered the Korean BBQ to share. Sophia brought out a tabletop gas grill and a generous plate of pork belly, bulgogi, short ribs and mushrooms along with a plate of lettuce to wrap. There was a spicy red pepper sauce to use with the beef and a sweet & salty sauce for the pork belly.
There was a nice quiet crowd for a cold Friday night. Everyone's food looked so good. We are already planning to return with friends.

LJ
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is excellent. I used to live in a Korean neighborhood in Chicago, and really missed having authentic Korean food in Cincinnati. Korealistic has the best Korean food in the metro, and you can order sushi and some Japanese entrees too. The free Ban Chan (Korean appetizers) served with Korean entrees is creative and delicious. Service is attentive without being overbearing. Highly recommend!

V
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious koreanBBQ
I will Like to keep trying all the foods

CM
Cincinnati
37 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant looked cute and the foods smelled delicious when we came in. The wait staff was super nice. However, we left without eating because we'd planned on having wine with dinner (which was listed on their menu online and at the restaurant) and to our dismay, they no longer have a liquor license. So, just an FYI.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very nice and friendly staff serving delicious food